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The Reading Room

A place for bibliophiles to share their thoughts on recent reads and well-loved tomes.
Betsy
New book club next year, run by the Information Services dept. For the 2015 list, I'm supposed to turn in two suggestions soon. Preferably non-fiction. Preferably about current-ish events. Any ideas?
I read this last year (after seeing it posted around here) http://www.amazon.com/Nothing... Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea, by Barbara Demick. I thought it was well told, especially reconstructed from fairly different sources. - Jennifer Dittrich
Maybe MfPOW's Go Big Read selection, _I Am Malala_? http://www.gobigread.wisc.edu/ - RepoRat
Flash Boys by Michael Lewis or Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver for finance/data current events. Or danah boyd's it's complicated - Hedgehog from Android
Thanks. I'll take a look at these and decide tomorrow. - Betsy
I've read the book about North Korea but didn't remember what it was called (and didn't bother trying to find out). Thanks for the reminder. - Betsy
Spidra Webster
Back to (Tech) School Sale - Save 50% on All Ebooks & Videos - O'Reilly Media - http://shop.oreilly.com/categor...
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Just wanted to share this with folks who might need tech books. - Spidra Webster
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Veronica Mars fans, the new Veronica Mars novel is on sale for $1.99 in e-form on Amazon, iBookstore and Kobo. http://www.amazon.com/gp...
It's pretty good, too! Feels like the next episodes after the movie, if it were a show. - Jennifer Dittrich from FFHound!
Jessie
Reading Literature on Screen: A Price for Convenience? - NYTimes.com - http://www.nytimes.com/2014...
"A team of researchers led by Anne Mangen at the University of Stavanger in Norway and Jean-Luc Velay at Aix-Marseille Université in France divided 50 graduate students — with equivalent reading habits and experience with tablets — into two groups and had them read the same short story by Elizabeth George (in French translation). One group read the story in paperback, the other on an Amazon Kindle DX. All the while, researchers measured the students’ reading time and their “emotional response” — using a standard psychology scale — to the text. Afterward, they were tested extensively on different aspects of the story. In most respects, there was no significant difference between the Kindle readers and the paper readers: the emotional measures were roughly the same, and both groups of readers responded almost equally to questions dealing with the setting of the story, the characters and other plot details. But, the Kindle readers scored significantly lower on questions about when events... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
I've wondered about that a bit - I relied on flipping back and forth in books in my English classes when pulling quotes for papers, and physically knowing where it was in the book seems to correlate (for me) with the "when" it happened in the book's timeline. I do fine with electronic vs. paper for light fiction, but heavier works seem to flow a lot better for me in paper. - Jennifer Dittrich
Yeah same with Jennifer the way my mind works i don't think i could have gotten my english studies done on an electronic format. Although the four boxes of novels and poetry would be easier to have lugged around all these years later. - Steve C
Same here - it's a lot harder to remember when something happened with only the "% read" to go by. I also find it harder to pull quotes from ebooks because the quotes are often tied to what was happening in the story at that time. - Jessie
Marianne
Transformers: The Ultimate Pop-Up Universe - Transformers Wiki - http://tfwiki.net/wiki...
Transformers: The Ultimate Pop-Up Universe - Transformers Wiki
If you or some kid (or former kid) you know was ever obsessed with Transformers, YOU WANT THIS BOOK. The Transformer pop-ups? Actually transform!!!!! My mind is blown. - Marianne from Bookmarklet
I uh. Kind of want this for myself. - RepoRat
RepoRat, my copy is absolutely for myself. I *might* let other people play with it. .So I say go for it :D. - Marianne
I need to see this. Reinhart does such good work. - Katy S
Betsy
Now that I don't have to drive to work, I'm not listening to podcasts much. I miss the podcasts. However, 60 total minutes on the train every work day means I've already read two books in the past two weeks. Yay.
The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... ; and Abril Rojo, by Santiago Roncagliolo (review of the English translation here http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-en... ) - Betsy
Honestly, that's the only thing I miss about a train commute - getting significant reading time every day, without other pressures besides snoozing. - Jennifer Dittrich
Jennifer Dittrich
Woo hoo! 35 books 'ahead of schedule' for the end of the challenge. At this point, I'm just excited to see how many I'll actually end up reading by the end of the year.
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Betsy
Ice cream flavors inspired by books (alas, not real flavors). http://quirkbooks.tumblr.com/post...
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Spidra Webster
FYI "King Leopold's Ghost" is on special for $2.99 for Kindle or iBooks through 8/31.
That's a good book. - Eivind from Android
Melly
Fwd: This book sounds oddly familiar yet I'm pretty sure I haven't read a book by this title. Can anyone think of another book set in or around a timber plantation/mill? http://www.amazon.com/Serena-... (via http://friendfeed.com/melliss...)
Eivind
Hail Augustus! But Who Was He? by Daniel Mendelsohn | The New York Review of Books - http://www.nybooks.com/article...
Hail Augustus! But Who Was He? by Daniel Mendelsohn | The New York Review of Books
Hail Augustus! But Who Was He? by Daniel Mendelsohn | The New York Review of Books
"Compared to John Williams’s earlier novels, Augustus—the last work to be published by the author, poet, and professor whose once-neglected Stoner has become an international literary sensation in recent years—can seem like an oddity.* For one thing, it was the only one of his four novels to win significant acclaim during his lifetime: published in 1972, Augustus won the National Book Award for fiction." - Eivind from Bookmarklet
"The life of the first emperor is an ideal vehicle for a historical novel: Augustus is a figure about whom we know at once a great deal and very little, and hence invites both description and invention. The biographies and gossip, recording and conjecturing began in the emperor’s own lifetime. One Life was written by a friend and contemporary of Augustus’s who appears as a character in... more... - Eivind
Betsy
Bookstores of Chicago (blog) "This is (becoming) a comprehensive list of experiences at the 100+ small and independent bookstores in the city of Chicago." http://bookstoresofchicago.tumblr.com/
Betsy
Eivind
The Rise and Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman, review: 'hugely likeable' - Telegraph - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture...
The Rise and Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman, review: 'hugely likeable' - Telegraph
The Rise and Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman, review: 'hugely likeable' - Telegraph
"High-quality intellectual! Yes, I mean you! You are thinking: What is Rise & Fall of Great Powers? Is history book? No! Is book for give big muscles? No, no! (After read this book, you still contain only small muscles. Sorry.) It is NOVEL about entire of world in last quarter-century, from end of Cold War, to up and down of America power, to tech revolution of today. But mostly, is novel about my favourite person, Tooly Zylberberg, and secrets of her life. I am careful now - danger I say too much. I give only bit more: Tooly is bookseller in countryside of Wales. Always, she is reading. But one story she never understand: story of her past. When she is girl, strange items happen. She is taken away, around Asia, Europe, America, for many years with mystery persons. Why for? I cannot say on back of book! One of mystery persons is me, Humphrey, old man from Russia who cheats in Ping-Pong and eats avocados. There is Sarah, who drives us crazy, and not in good way. Also, there is Duncan... more... - Eivind from Bookmarklet
I loved it :) - Eivind from Android
Is now on my Amazon wishlist. :^) - Friar Will
Sounds interesting, it's on my Kindle-Fiction list. :) - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Hope you guys enjoy it :) - Eivind
Betsy
2014 Locus Awards Winners.http://www.locusmag.com/News... SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL: Abaddon’s Gate, James S.A. Corey / FANTASY NOVEL: The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman / YOUNG ADULT BOOK: The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two, Catherynne M. Valente / FIRST NOVEL: Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie.
Betsy
A Word from Kenneth Branagh. "Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross introduced me properly to Shakespeare, strange but true." http://www.pbs.org/wgbh...
"Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross introduced me properly to Shakespeare, strange but true. It was during an early English Literature class. Our reluctant group of novice Shakespeareans were all prepared for a turgid beginning to our high school literature studies. As a mixture of nervous dread and dull groans spread around the room, Mr. Grue, our teacher, brought out an ancient record player, which he placed on his desk. There was a little excitement. Perhaps he was going to play us a recording of Romeo and Juliet and at least save us the toe-curling embarrassment of reading this incomprehensible stuff aloud. "Listen to this," he announced in a voice that commanded attention. Imagine our surprise when out of this Edisonian contraption came the familiar strains of the chart hit "You Are Everything." Strains is the right word, as the number began with a low orgasmic growling the rang from the seriously Mr. Gaye and a soaringly moist response from Miss Ross's much affected soprano. Mr. Grue... more... - Betsy
Katy S
I'm really sad Walter Dean Myers died. http://www.cbcbooks.org/walter-...
Katy S
Women Remember: A Roundtable Interview - Lightspeed Magazine - http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfict...
Women Remember: A Roundtable Interview - Lightspeed Magazine
Women Remember: A Roundtable Interview - Lightspeed Magazine
Women Remember: A Roundtable Interview - Lightspeed Magazine
"Pat: If you ever want to see writers treated like rock stars, go to an American Library Association convention and watch for a YA genre writer to show up. The librarians don’t scream and faint, but it’s a near thing. I saw the reception for Robert Cormier, author of The Chocolate War. I don’t think anyone threw underwear at him, but I wouldn’t be surprised." - Katy S from Bookmarklet
If people at ALA really did start throwing underwear at authors, I'd want to be there to see it. - Katy S
It sort of happened for Neil himself (sorta) - Aaron the Librarian from Android
That would not surprise me. - Katy S from iPhone
Eivind
Empire's Crossroads review – 'a strikingly assured history of the Caribbean' | Books | The Observer - http://www.theguardian.com/books...
Empire's Crossroads review – 'a strikingly assured history of the Caribbean' | Books | The Observer
Empire's Crossroads review – 'a strikingly assured history of the Caribbean' | Books | The Observer
"At heart, Gibson may be diametrically opposed to empire apologists like Niall Ferguson, but she can also write about empire with a broad perspective, placing the history of the Caribbean in the context of major global developments. The Protestant Reformation emboldened northern Europeans to disregard papal orders and enter West Indian waters. The French Revolution was an important catalyst for the uprising on Saint-Domingue that led to Haitian independence. And Napoleon's invasion of Spain helped bring about the collapse of its New World empire, which vanished entirely when Cuba and Puerto Rico fell under American influence in 1898. That does not mean events in the Caribbean have merely been a sideshow. As its title implies, Empire's Crossroads puts the region at the centre of clashes between the European powers (although one wonders if it should have been called Empires' Crossroads), noting the influence it has had – for good or ill – on industrialisation, the concept of human... more... - Eivind from Bookmarklet
Katy S
Are there any authors whose work, in theory, you should love but just don't?
For me it's Catherynne Valente. Every time her work is described to me, it sounds like something that I would love. Then I read it and I just don't. - Katy S
Lev Grossman. - Jennifer Dittrich
China Mieville. - RepoRat
I have mixed feelings about Mieville. I really liked his YA novel Un Lun Dun, but I haven't been as engaged with his adult work. - Katy S
Neil Gaiman. - Soup in a TARDIS
After slogging through two of the Bas Lag novels and hating them, I didn't even bother looking at Un Lun Dun. Possibly I should. - RepoRat
Kameron Hurley. There's such a thing as *too* grim-n-gritty. - RepoRat
I haven't been able to finish Perdido Street Station, but loved Un Lun Dun, City and the City and Kraken. They felt very different. - Jennifer Dittrich
Cherie Priest too, come to think of it. - Soup in a TARDIS
Steinbeck. Of Mice and Men was good in the sense that it had moral concepts and was a "thinky" book, but I've hated everything else I've read of his. I feel like The Grapes of Wrath is so classic I should read it, but I just can't make myself. He's also the only author I've started a book and stopped. - Heather
Charles Dickens. - Jennifer Dittrich
Guy who wrote Ulysses ? Ugh. - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Jenny H.
Twitter conversation with Christopher Moore! *dies a little happy death* #fangirl
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And now I want to re-read Lamb. :) - Jenny H. from Android
This is so awesome! :) - Ken Morley
Woooooah - Stephen Mack
I'm still smiling about it. :) - Jenny H. from Android
Katy S
How long ago does a book need to be set before you consider it historical fiction.
Prior to the author's lived experience, I guess? - RepoRat
well...if you go by one of asimov's short stories...or was it bradbury...one of the two, history happens as soon as it's past. so this very conversation is already historical even before i finish typing :) - Sir Shuping is just sir
Usually about 10-15 years or so prior to writing? Events will color how you write about the past, even the near past. I'd consider something like "Platoon" historical, even though it was produced not /that/ long after the Vietnam war had ended. - Jennifer Dittrich
I don't read much historical fiction, but I guess I wouldn't think of it as a matter of time elapsed, but more as fiction that depends on a specific historical backdrop for specific plot points. - Victor Ganata
Victor - that's how I've been thinking about it, but I've been listening to people today state that certain time periods (as written by modern authors) that occurred before I was born can't be historical fiction. I think they're trying to not feel old by classifying things set during their lifetime as not being historical fiction. - Katy S from iPhone
my pet peeves in this area: 1) is contemporary fiction written, say, a century ago historical fiction? 2) it can't be historical fiction if it's got dragons in it. that makes it fantasy. IMO - Christina Pikas
oh and eleanor and park is called historical fiction in overdrive, i think. what is that in the 1990s? - Christina Pikas
I'm with Victor on this. It depends if the time period is an integral part of the story or whether it's just scenery :-) - Heleninstitches
teen readers here talked about E & P as historical fiction during our panel - maʀtha
Jessie
Pediatrics Group to Recommend Reading Aloud to Children From Birth - NYTimes.com - http://www.nytimes.com/2014...
Pediatrics Group to Recommend Reading Aloud to Children From Birth - NYTimes.com
"In between dispensing advice on breast-feeding and immunizations, doctors will tell parents to read aloud to their infants from birth, under a new policy that the American Academy of Pediatrics will announce on Tuesday. With the increased recognition that an important part of brain development occurs within the first three years of a child’s life, and that reading to children enhances vocabulary and other important communication skills, the group, which represents 62,000 pediatricians across the country, is asking its members to become powerful advocates for reading aloud, every time a baby visits the doctor. “It should be there each time we touch bases with children,” said Dr. Pamela High, who wrote the new policy. It recommends that doctors tell parents they should be “reading together as a daily fun family activity” from infancy. This is the first time the academy — which has issued recommendations on how long mothers should nurse their babies and advises parents to keep children... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Reading, as well as talking and singing, is viewed as important in increasing the number of words that children hear in the earliest years of their lives. Nearly two decades ago, an oft-cited study found that by age 3, the children of wealthier professionals have heard words millions more times than have those of less educated, low-income parents, giving the children who have heard... more... - Jessie
"Reading aloud is also a way to pass the time for parents who find endless baby talk tiresome. “It’s an easy way of talking that doesn’t involve talking about the plants outside,” said Erin Autry Montgomery, a mother of a 6-month-old boy in Austin, Tex. Low-income children are often exposed little to reading before entering formal child care settings. “We have had families who do not... more... - Jessie
Well, yeah... - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
Another way to get kids' books into homes is the Dolly Parton Imagination Station: one free book a month mailed to the child, every month from birth until fifth birthday: http://www.dollywood.com/learn-a... . (Hey, there's a version for blind kids, too. http://www.aph.org/dolly-p... ) - Betsy
i read to my babies from birth because i knew about the research, but everyone thought i was crazy or weird. hope this gets more attention - Christina Pikas
Jenny H.
I have read every novel, novella, and short story Stephen King has written up til 2000 and a handful since then. #SaturdayFF These are some of my favorites:
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I like all of those, too. For a while I had read everything and then I stopped for some reason. Mr. Mercedes is the first I've read (aside from some anthologized short stories) in quite some time. I don't know if I'll go back and read all that I've missed, but I might have to revisit some of those short story collections. - Katy S
I read Joyland recently and quite liked it. I've probably read 10-20% of his output but even that seems like a lot. - John Dupuis
I was a little obsessed between ages 11 and 17. - Katy S
Me too, Katy. Mostly, it was what I had available to read at my house. ;) Most of his early work, I read by the time I was 15. - Jenny H. from Android
Crazier than a shithouse rat. *giggles* - Jenny H. from Android
My mom checked them out for me at the library before I turned 12 (at that time, kids under 12 couldn't check out books in the adult department). Then I started blowing my allowance on his books. :) - Katy S
I just borrowed my mom's beat up paperbacks. :) - Jenny H. from Android
I was the only one who read horror in our family. Thankfully, my parents weren't into censoring what I read and were more than happy to provide access to it. - Katy S
That's good. My mom didn't seem to care what I was reading, as long as I was quiet while she was reading. :) - Jenny H. from Android
Their general philosophy regarding censoring kids' reading is that if you keep your kids from reading something, they'll seek it out and hide it and, when they have questions about it, they won't talk to you. - Katy S
That's pretty wise! - Jenny H. from Android
I've read 64 out 72 of King's books, according to this quiz thingy: http://www.buzzfeed.com/louispe... - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I think the last King book I completed was Needful Things. I tried both Gerald's Game and Insomnia but didn't finish either. Haven't read him since. - Akiva
Starmama, that's a lot! Akiva, Gerald's Game was beyond awful. I liked Insomnia because my mom had the same form (early waking), so I found it interesting. He's written some crap, for sure, but I've enjoyed 70-75% of what I've read. - Jenny H. from Android
I liked the idea behind Insomnia but it seriously needed editing. I swear there were 100 pages of the main character just sitting on his porch or looking in his closet. It just droned on and on. - Akiva
Well I've had plenty of time...I first read Carrie in 1979, have been hooked on his writing ever since :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
34 for me (although there were a couple I couldn't remember one way or the other so I didn't count them). It looks like I pretty much stopped with the novels after Gerald's Game, too, but I kept reading his short story collections and nonfiction. - Katy S from iPhone
I should at least read On Writing. I've heard good things about it but I have just so little respect for him as a writer. He's a great storyteller but he's not even close to the level of writers I really adore like DFW, Pynchon, Calvino, Wolfe, Barthelme, Davidson, Ligotti, etc. He's like Zelazny: he just churns out book after book and they're almost all good but they're like cars coming off an assembly line. - Akiva
Akiva - I really think that his short stories and novellas are his best work. To me, anyway, his writing feels more focused when he's restrained by length. - Katy S
On Writing is quite good. I read Carrie as a HS freshman - don't think I read much of King's fiction after that except the occasional short story. - Corinne L
But, I don't read his work because I think it will be of the highest literary quality. :) Having said that, comparing his work to some Amish-Christian fiction I tried out recently (I was trying to read outside of my comfort zone), his writing looks like the work of a genius. I can't even begin to tell you how bad those books were. - Katy S
Katy, totally. The Long Walk is probably the best thing he's ever written outside of The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet. Rage, too, is another favorite of mine although that's quite controversial now. And I know I'm being a pompous smug wad but, as a writer, I'm just extra critical; it's tough for me to just let go and be a reader. - Akiva
I can be pretty critical, too. I've had to learn to tone that down a bit in public when doing readers' advisory - I can't push my preferences over what people actually want and be effective. I do like the Richard Bachman novellas. The Long Walk is thoroughly engaging. - Katy S
I agree that he excels at novellas and short stories. The Long Walk is one that has haunted me since childhood. So good. Rage was excellent, but definitely dark. - Jenny H. from Android
Eivind
Song of the Vikings by Nancy Marie Brown review – a remarkable insight into a lost world | Books | The Guardian - http://www.theguardian.com/books...
Song of the Vikings by Nancy Marie Brown review – a remarkable insight into a lost world | Books | The Guardian
Song of the Vikings by Nancy Marie Brown review – a remarkable insight into a lost world | Books | The Guardian
"JRR Tolkien thought his students should read more Snorri Sturluson than Shakespeare. The 13th-century Icelandic writer and chieftain was the author of three hugely influential books of stories (the Edda, Heimskringla and Egil's Saga) that created the Viking world we are familiar with today: the myths of Valhalla and the Valkyries, stories of elves, dwarfs, dragons and their gods – one-eyed Odin and red-bearded Thor – as well as the Twilight of the Gods, or Ragnarök. "Snorri is the Homer of the North," says Brown in this wonderfully evocative biography, rich with Norse myths, told against the stark backdrop of Iceland in the middle ages. Snorri grew up in the shadow of Hekla, a volcano known as the Mouth of Hell. He was "crafty, cunning and ambitious", and his scheming led to a violent end. But thanks to his "wizardry with words" he lives on in our imaginations, inspiring the likes of Richard Wagner, Neil Gaiman and Tolkien, whose Bilbo Baggins is like Snorri himself: "fat, cowardly,... more... - Eivind from Bookmarklet
Betsy
Jessie
Kendall and Kylie Jenner's Sci-Fi Novel Is Now a Dystopian Reality - http://gawker.com/kendall...
Kendall and Kylie Jenner's Sci-Fi Novel Is Now a Dystopian Reality
"Rebels came out Tuesday and has a one-star average on Amazon so far. But, to be fair to the Jenners (and especially to Sloan), most of the reviewers haven't actually read the book. ("My dog loves the feel of paper on his butt." - An Amazon Reviewer)" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
*weeps for the state of literature* - Jessie
A sci-fi novel? About what, how to pick up an alien at The Chalmun's Cantina? - Eric
Katy S
Summer of Sleaze: The Little People | Tor.com - http://www.tor.com/blogs...
Summer of Sleaze: The Little People | Tor.com
"John Christopher (born Samuel Youd) is an author best known for his young adult science fiction stories that were turned into comics in Boy’s Life magazine, most notably The White Mountains, The City of Gold and Lead, and The Pool of Fire. But he also wrote for adults, and his The Little People published in 1966 has a cover by Hector Garrido (reproduced here) that might be paperback publishing’s Mona Lisa" - Katy S from Bookmarklet
I'm tempted to read this. Someone should probably talk me out of it. - Katy S
Not gonna do it. (Talk you out of if, that is <G>) - Katie
I need to find a copy with that cover. - Katy S
Eric Logan
IRS Tax Migration | How Money Walks | How $2 Trillion Moved between the States - A Book By Travis H. Brown - http://www.howmoneywalks.com/irs-tax...
IRS Tax Migration | How Money Walks | How $2 Trillion Moved between the States - A Book By Travis H. Brown
For many years now the IRS has been tracking the migration of Americans and their income across state and county lines. Every year they produce a detailed report on the tax migration of Americans, showing the amount of people and income that moved. How Money Walks maps this great migration of American income and raises important questions about American tax policy and how it profoundly affects growth and development in our country: - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Eivind
Occupy was right: capitalism has failed the world | Books | The Observer - http://www.theguardian.com/books...
Occupy was right: capitalism has failed the world | Books | The Observer
Occupy was right: capitalism has failed the world | Books | The Observer
"This is a huge book, more than 700 pages long, dense with footnotes, graphs and mathematical formulae. At first sight it is unashamedly an academic tome and seems both daunting and incomprehensible. In recent weeks and months the book has however set off fierce debates in the United States about the dynamics of capitalism, and especially the apparently unstoppable rise of the tiny elite that controls more and more of the world's wealth. In non-specialist blogs and websites across America, it has ignited arguments about power and money, questioning the myth at the very heart of American life – that capitalism improves the quality of life for everyone. This is just not so, says Piketty, and he makes his case in a clear and rigorous manner that debunks everything that capitalists believe about the ethical status of making money." - Eivind from Bookmarklet
""One of the great divisive forces at work today," he says, "is what I call meritocratic extremism. This is the conflict between billionaires, whose income comes from property and assets, such as a Saudi prince, and super-managers. Neither of these categories makes or produces anything but their wealth, which is really a super-wealth that has broken away from the everyday reality of the... more... - Eivind
"Some people claim that the takeoff at the very top reflects the emergence of a new class of “superstars”—entrepreneurs, entertainers, sports stars, authors, and the like—who have exploited new technologies, such as the Internet, to enlarge their earnings at the expense of others in their field. If this is true, high rates of inequality may reflect a harsh and unalterable reality:... more... - Eivind
Some Reflections On Thomas Piketty’s ‘Capital’: http://www.social-europe.eu/2014... - Eivind
Why We’re in a New Gilded Age http://www.nybooks.com/article... - Hami
Thomas Piketty's 'Capital' in 3 minutes: https://www.youtube.com/watch... - Eivind
Logical conclusion of Pikkety's thesis. http://meritocracyparty.org/ - Eric Logan
No, that's just lipstick on a greedy capitalist pig, it seems. - Eivind
I am not an advocate just aware of the effort and that's only one of many connected sites. There is also a grass roots campaign. Called Occupy :) - Eric Logan from FFHound!
I've heard of this Occupy, and I'm way more sympathetic towards that than someone who claims to be fighting for "meritocracy" :) - Eivind
I didn't catch what "Meritocratic Democracy" actually means? Is merit measured in votes? - Eivind
That’s Meritocratic Democracy. http://meritocracyparty.org/2013... - Eric Logan
An Introduction to Meritocratic Democracy. http://meritocracyparty.org/2013... - Eric Logan
"Qualified Universal Suffrage" that's the kicker. - Eric Logan
Meritocracy is a placeholder for however the person thinks the world should work all dressed up as a universal truth. - Todd Hoff
Fidel Castro promised the Cuban people a better life with less inequality, tyranny and corruption. We all know how that worked out. I would like to actually try Capitalism in my lifetime before we discard it. - Eric Logan
And what would that mean Eric? - Todd Hoff
Seems that blind adherence to any rigid doctrine is bound to fail. Adapt or die, said Chuckie Darwin. - Victor Ganata
"We've never really implemented *true* capitalism" totally echoes what the Communists were saying as Communist regimes started collapsing: "We've never really implemented *true* communism." - Victor Ganata
Isn't that what the Keynesian's are saying too? Not enough stimulus. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Keynesians are still capitalists, though. - Victor Ganata
Since we've never seen an economy grow without the ability to exploit a low cost commons, stimulus seems to be the necessary spark to growth. - Todd Hoff
Keynesianism is managed Capitalism. The smartest thing he ever said was a self fulfilling prophecy. “Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.” - Eric Logan
Seems to me that all capitalists except the most die-hard ideologues agree that in certain circumstances (not EVERY circumstance), fiscal stimulus and/or monetary policy stimulus is helpful. In practice, the real question is about magnitude and duration. The Keynesians/neo-Keynesians aren't the ones screaming "We must do this ALL THE TIME, EVERY TIME, no matter the circumstances and no matter the human cost!" - Victor Ganata
Every president in my lifetime has used some form of Keynesian monetary policy and here we stand complaining about a new gilded age and startling inequality. The site that I linked touts a second enlightenment, preparation for the largest wealth redistribution in the history of mankind. Isn't it time for a 100 % inheritance tax ? Isn't it time for an age of compassion and equality ? I hope it works out well, it sounds really utopian. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Congress rarely passes significant fiscal stimulus and the Fed always turns the spigot off when there's even a whiff of inflation, so, yeah, while fiscal and monetary stimulus is in their armamentarium, it's not their answer to every single situation the way "Cut spending! Pay down debt! Cut taxes!" is the answer to every situation for ideologues. - Victor Ganata
Available on kindle. - Todd Hoff
""What I argue for is a progressive tax, a global tax, based on the taxation of private property" - any evidence that this will have the desired effect? He finds other options barbaric, but that's far from sound reasoning. Any experiments that can be pointed to? - Todd Hoff
I have only read the introduction (and myriad reviews) so far, so I don't know how it's presented. (I'll probably get to it next week.) If the global wealth tax is progressive enough it surely must cause redistribution and counter the growth of huge fortunes? Or is that not the effect you were thinking of? - Eivind
This is worth watching on this topic. http://inequalityforall.com/ - Eric Logan
If the global wealth tax is progressive enough, offshore will mushroom, and enforcement cost will grow. - непростые коротышки
Bitcoin will be taxed like capital gains according to the most recent guidance. - Eric Logan
If you can keep your assets in offshore accounts or Bitcoin, more power to you, I guess, but odds are you're going to have to cash out into a fiat currency of a country with strong taxing authority to get anything useful done at some point…. And a scant percentage of the proceeds being redistributed to those who are likely to spend it rather than hoard it is better than nothing at all. - Victor Ganata
If your investing in Bitcoin and not using a service like Coinbase and verifying your identity your just asking to get taken. - Eric Logan
"One of the best things about Piketty’s masterwork is his systematic demolition of his own discipline. Academic economics, especially in the United States, has for decades been gripped by a kind of professional pretentiousness that is close to pathological. From time to time its great minds have grown so impressed by their own didactic awesomeness that they celebrate economics as “the... more... - Eivind
As good as every review I've read points out how "enormous" and "huge" this book is. My Kindle version is 577 pages long (+notes and bibliography and such). I've probably read more pages of reviews than that by now :) - Eivind
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